Free agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson is set to meet with Minnesota Vikings personel on Thursday and if he were to end up signing a contract, there is not a doubt in my mind that Brett Favre will return next season. First of all, I've been convinced for a while that Favre will come back. Last week on Leno, he said he wanted to enjoy the "off season", and when someone uses the word off season, that usually means there is going to be an "on-season"...Right?
However, the signing of Tomlinson would not only be great for the teams running game, it will prove to Brett that they are still intent on adding the best players to put together a championship team. Even with the pending injuries of defensive players like E.J. Henderson and Cedric Griffin, the only important player the Vikings have lost is Chester Taylor. I'm certainly no expert, but I would say that LaDainian Tomlinson is quite an upgrade at backup running back. Favre would have to be crazy not to take the chance to play with TWO future hall-of-fame backs in his backfield.
If L.T. winds up in purple, it will also benefit the ground game in more ways than one. First, the team would be adding a very capable running back to back up one of the best in the game. Second (and probably more important), having a back like L.T. will put pressure on Adrian Peterson to not fumble the football anymore. Although he's had a couple of off years, I still believe Tomlinson has the ability to be a nice fill-in starter. So if Peterson starts putting balls on the ground again this season, he can ride the bench and L.T. can get the majority of carries for a few games.
Tomlinson would not just pressure AP to not fumble the football, he would help AP also. L.T. only has three fumbles in the past three seasons, which is about what Peterson averages in a third of a season. Tomlinson was Peterson's idol before he came into the league, but with his idol serving as his teammate and mentor, he could regain his status as the most dangerous player in football.
If the Vikings offer enough money and enough playing time, L.T. won't be visiting any other teams. With him in the backfield, it's hard to imagine how much more dangerous that offense could be even after a year when they finished second in scoring.
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